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The Emerald City of Oz (Oz #6)

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Dorothy and her friends take Aunt Em and Uncle Henry on a magical tour of Oz.
Paperback, 56 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Mundus (first published January 1st 1908)
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I liked The Emerald City of Oz a bit better than the last two. There was still an element of characters taking a trip just so Mr. Baum can show off all the other ideas he has for interesting creatures (Look! These ones are living jigsaw puzzles! And over here we have animated flatware! And these people can't stop talking!) but on the whole there was more plot than we've seen for a few books.

First of all, there was some actual evil in the form of the Nome King and his General Guph. And there was
Feb 08, 2012 Shoshana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like fun!
Even though this book is mainly just Dorothy and friends wandering around Oz while the Nome King builds an army and a tunnel and no one does anything about it, I actually really like it a lot. I enjoy discovering the Flutterbudgets and Utensils and Bunburyans and Bunnyburyans and especially the Fuddles and Cuttenclips, not to mention the Whimsies. Oh, the Whimsies. They "had large, strong bodies, but heads so small that they were no bigger than door-knobs. Of course, such tiny heads could not co ...more
Michael Alexander
Wow! Baum totally woke himself up out of the daze he'd been in for a couple of books and comes up with an awesome set of villains, some real sense of _stakes_ (not since "Ozma" had he really gone for that), this great country mouse/city mouse stuff with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry IN OZ, and even a cool quasi-ending to the series...though of course we know that wouldn't last.
Baum originally intended this to be the final Oz book. That didn't work at all, of course, but this book has a very definitive conclusion that's obviously intended to end the entire series. As far as ending a saga goes, he did a good job (even though it didn't last).

This book had more a plot than some, and it had an actual antagonist. The Nome King is a full-on bad guy, and Baum developed this story-telling element a step further by having two separate plots (the adventures of Dorothy, and the s
Christine Blachford
I thought this was a really good Oz story, a little bit darker than previous affairs, but well balanced and well written. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of Dorothy and her friends travelling to different lands alongside the Nome soldier doing the same, except his purpose was to recruit an army to invade Oz.

I also thought it was about time Dorothy's aunt and uncle arrived in Oz, because through all their previous struggles it didn't make sense that they had so little while Oz had so much. It was fas
Dustin Reade
This is the first Oz book I have read, and I liked it. A lot. Actually, I would almost say I loved it. Sure, there were quite a few parts that dragged on a bit, and it was obvious Old L. Baum was making up most of it as he went along, but that didn't really bother me. After all, it is young adult fantasy written for children who are all over the age of one-hundred by now.
The ending though, was too much. Too quick. There was absolutely no foreshadowing at all. Solutions to problems were proposed
This was a sweet one and meant to be the end of the Oz Saga, I am sure Baum was ready to move on to the next phase of his career and wrapped up the story of Dorothy with a neat bow. I rated it high mainly for a couple of chapters which were by far the funniest in the series thus far due to the amazing use of puns. I split my sides laughing which I had not done in any of the previous 5. I think I will take a break from the series now.
Lori Anderson
My son is six and we've been reading all the Oz books. They've done wonders for his reading comprehension and for his ability to just sit still and let me read three chapters at a time and have him actually understand and remember night to night what happened!

This book is where L. Frank Baum finally seems to get tired of writing about Oz and Dorothy and tidies everything up and says goodbye. Yet there are more books. We haven't picked up the next one yet (but will tonight) so I'm not sure what t
A pretty disjointed book--it's sixth in the series, and Baum is clearly getting pretty tired of writing whimsical things, but hasn't yet resigned himself to it as in the later books. In fact, this one ends with Baum announcing there will be no more Oz books...a promise that probably lasted all of months, as Oz readers were quite demanding.

This book has some fascinating subtexts about alliances between untrustworthy people, as a variety of horrible nations set up a complicated set of alliances to
The sixth book in the 'Oz' cycle. After reading the fifth (the awful Road to Oz) I almost gave up on this series, but I persisted; and yes, The Emerald City of Oz is worth reading, in fact I quickly thought it was going to be the best of the six I have read so far, but this didn't turn out quite to be the case. I now rate it as the second best, just behind The Marvellous Land of Oz.

The problem actually seems to be -- and I hate to state this openly -- that the characters we associate most closel
(Generalized spoilers, but the plot is so very thin it's hard to avoid mentioning the only action in the entire book.) Unfortunately, the Oz series really peters completely out with this entry. (Apparently Baum wanted to stop writing them as of this book, and IT SHOWS.) There is very little dramatic tension or, in fact, much of a plot. The bad guys are menacing enough and have some interesting potential, but our heroes don't know about them for much of the book and instead go galavanting aimless ...more
It finally happened: Aunt Em and Uncle Henry lost the farm. With nowhere else to go, Dorothy asks Ozma to take them in, and Ozma readily agrees. Dorothy takes her aunt and uncle for a tour of Oz and its unique towns, employing Baum's best trick of the Road Trip to Gawk at Other Cultures. While that's happening, though, the Nome King is planning an attack on Oz, to take over, retrieve his magic belt, and enslave all the people.

Julian was bitterly disappointed to find that the day was NOT saved b
Don't know when I finished this book but it was in January at some time. This is, I believe, the sixth book of the Oz series. It's a better one because there are some actual formidable villains. The Nome King wants to capture Oz and enlists the help of wicked monsters far more powerful than he is. They all want to kill the mortals who live in Oz and enslave the immortal ones. (You know fairies and the like)

The subplot is very sub. Ozma brings Dorothy's Aunt Em and Uncle Henry to move to Oz (real
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Rachael Quinn
For a while I was reading the Oz books before bed but when I started reading The Emerald City of Oz I just couldn't do it. I had had enough. I was done. It was time to give up. I checked out another children's book and put aside my Kindle. Later days.

But, oh, I had gone so far! I always wanted to read the complete Oz books. I could push through it.

Earlier this week when I picked my Kindle back up I was amazed what a couple of weeks off did for me. I was drawn back into the world of Oz and the wo
AKA How Baum finally wrapped up the tale of Dorothy and her family.

this is the last book of Dorothy's adventures in OZ. The remaining books are apparently going to all be from the historical records of the land.

in this story, Dorothy brings her aunt and uncle to come live in OZ. most of the story is Dorothy and her friends showing her aunt and uncle around the land and introducing them to all the bizarre inhabitants. Cuttenclips, Bunbury, Utensia, Flutterbudgets....

this book contained my limit
Julia Brumfield
So far out of my undertaking of the Oz series this was one that I was interested in seeing how the story turns out as it was the original ending for Baum. This was definitely somewhat better than a few of the other pre-dominate Oz books while having an actual plot but again like all the other books there is no actual true life ending - just be sweet, good and naturally beautiful to beat any of your enemies.

There were a few other fairy-worlds that were included in Oz that no one would have ima
This one is better than the previous two books, mainly because it actually has a plot. But the plot -- the Nome King plans to conquer Oz by digging a tunnel all the way to the Emerald City -- is barely there. There's a bit of a subplot about how Uncle Henry and Aunt Em move to Oz because the bank is going to foreclose on their farm, but they make the move in the first few chapters. After that, most of the book is about Dorothy taking her Aunt and Uncle (and a handful of other previously-introduc ...more
As in book 5, the charm of this story is that it actually takes place in Oz. Add in the bonus of poor Uncle Henry and Auntie Em finally joining Dorothy and Toto for good in Oz, and you have another gem of a story. Now that the Gale family is together, Ozma sends the family and a few loyal friends on a touring trip of Oz.

I remember being mesmerized by Miss Cuttenclip's chapter as a child and was mesmerized again as an adult. A town of paper dolls, wow. It's right up there with the lunchbox tree o
Fantasy Literature

The Emerald City of Oz is L. Frank Baum’s sixth OZ book. Here we find Dorothy Gale back at home in Kansas. Uncle Henry and Aunt Em are about to lose their farm and they despair of what will happen to their niece Dorothy since they can no longer support her. The three decide that Dorothy should go live in Oz with her friend Princess Ozma who has often tried to get Dorothy to move there. But sweet little Dorothy can’t leave Uncle Henry and Aunt Em living lives of hard labor back in Kansas, so she
Michael Blackmore
I can't say adding Dorothy's Aunt and Uncle as residents to Oz added anything to the story other than letting Dorothy now stay in Oz. On the plus side we have an actual central conflict where a coalition of villains plan to destroy Oz which adds a sense of tension. However, that is undermined by the heroes not even being aware of it until the end. Only to accept it as hopefully and then have the whole thing solved in the last couple of chapters. It does seem this volume would have been an organi ...more
Another book in which the author is tired of writing a series of books, and tries to write himself into a corner where there is no way to write more books. There's more than 6 oz books though, so obviously he is cajoled into writing more and finding a way to undo his final ending.

Other than that, a typical Oz book. A random journey around visiting strange groups, but not spending enough time with any of them to have a really fleshed out story. The oddity this time is that it's actually two diff
This book was alright. Some parts go off the deep end with eye-rolling puns. I like a good pun now and then, but give me a break. Some of the peoples the character meet seem to be there just so Baum can puntificate on the myriad of puns available in utensia and bunville.
This installment is both the most typical fantasy - with a gathering army marching against the socialist paradise of Oz - and a pleasant return to the earlier sort of nonsense that makes this series so much fun. There is a city of bread people, of puzzle piece people, a civilization of white rabbits in fancy waistcoats *cough*, and a very lively tribe of kitchen utensils. The enemies of Oz are the Nome King and assorted other scary sorts, but Ozma deals with them handily without fighting.

Baum c
John Gillespie
Dorothy returns to Oz with Toto, Aunt Em, and Uncle Henry in tow after they lose the farm. The story alternates between their travels and the Nome King's plans to tunnel under the desert and destroy Oz with the help of some unreliable allies. Baum alternates between groan-worthy puns and clever satire, both of which are entertaining in different ways, but I think what I appreciate most are his passing observations. For example, "[Dorothy] had accomplished all these wonders not because she was a ...more
This series definitely has some inconsistencies and plot holes, and some of Baum's characters are a little odd... like towns full of talking baked goods and cutlery that like to make puns. A lot of puns. But despite theses issues I am really enjoying reading through the series. Baum's characters are charming and inventive and certain sections contain little nuggets of wisdom and humor that I really enjoy. Even though there are moments of doubt as I read that I will like the book as much as the l ...more
This book certainly took a while to get to where it was going. When an invasion is spoken of in the blurb, I don't expect the opposing force to take most of the book to actually get to the invasion part. After chapter after chapter of this, I was tempted to yell "are we there yet" at the characters. And as much as Ozma doesn't want to wage war, her reaction is entirely cruel. It clearly shows she should not be ruling if she cares so little about her people's fates. A little better than the last ...more
Something is made of the fact that in Emerald City for the first time Baum uses dual plots. But the first of the plots--where Dorothy and Aunt Em and the rest tour Oz--really isn't one, and the second goes away through the middle of the book, and gets solved almost trivially at the end of it.

The evil dudes that Guph were well-drawn and convincing; you can't really say that about the nice folks that Dorothy and her crew meet. Bunnybury, in particular, seemed obviously recycled from the Foxville o
Victoria (SevenLeagueBooks)
In the author's note at the beginning, L. Frank Baum thanks his young correspondents for their input into this book, and indeed, the whole story seems designed to provide enjoyment to children. The author seems to have a great deal of fun creating chapter after chapter of puns (especially the court scene in Utensia, and revisiting characters old and new. This was, in all ways, a fairly charming addition to the series. I really liked how at the beginning of the story, the chapters detailing the p ...more
in this story, we find out that dorothy has been talking about her adventures to the land of oz to her aunt and uncle, but they don't believe anything, and think they're just stories.

a bit later on, we also find out that because the farmhouse they live in, that was destroyed by the tornado, has left the family in a big debt. in order to pay for it, uncle henry had to take out a mortgage on the farm. if he can't repay the creditors, they will take the farm. henry is worried for his family, and d
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Lyman Frank Baum was an American author, actor, and independent filmmaker best known as the creator, along with illustrator W. W. Denslow, of one of the most popular books in American children's literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, better known today as simply The Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a pleth
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